Thursday, May 24, 2018
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SoundCheck: 2 Chainz among top live music picks

2 Chainz

With Pusha T, August Alsina

Details: Monday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$42. (727) 565-0550.

While hip-hop fans were understandably bummed when 95.7 The Beat canceled an October concert that 2 Chainz was supposed to co-headline with rap wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, the 36-year-old College Park, Ga., native is finally coming to give fans a live taste of hits like Feds Watching and Birthday Song. Mr. Chainz has worked with a host of other notable rappers like Drake and Lil Wayne, but some of his most impressive stuff came out when Kanye West wrangled a who's who of rhyme spitters to forge the modern classic Mercy on a 2012 collaborative LP, Cruel Summer. The breadth of 2 Chainz's output is chock full of braggadocio peppered with wicked one-line zingers that his fans will be rapping en masse for this show.

Tyler, the Creator

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$33.95. (813) 247-2555.

Groundbreaking beats, morbidly offensive lyrics and hordes of fans who adore all of it made Tyler, the Creator's last Ybor appearance (as leader of horrorcore rap collective Odd Future) a big deal. And while the 23-year-old Los Angeles producer/MC isn't the polarizing lightning rod he was two years ago, his hip-hop clout is still nothing to ignore. Tyler has cross-pollinated his brand of strange beats with buzzing indie artists like Mac DeMarco and has even parlayed his strange, stomach-turning sense of humor into an Adult Swim sketch comedy series (Loiter Squad) that finds him and the rest of the Odd Future gang pulling asinine pranks and being general goofballs. Tyler may not be mom-friendly, but his talent is undeniable.

Schoolboy Q

With Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples

Details: Wednesday 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0550.

Schoolboy Q's naysayers claim that his style (a smooth, impassioned take on '90s gangsta rap) is a decade or two late to the party. Don't tell that to his fans or the record charts, though. Last week, his new LP, Oxymoron, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first rap album to do so since Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2, and the success should come as no surprise. The 27-year-old German-born MC has spent his career in Los Angeles, where his group Black Hippy slowly built an underground following. His solo output broke through on a mainstream level thanks to songs like Hell of a Night and Break the Bank.

Capleton

With His Prophecy Band

Details: Sunday 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$50. (727) 895-3045.

After splitting the difference between Hillsborough and Pinellas the last time he played in the bay area (a 2012 set at Whiskey Joe's on the Courtney Campbell highway), Capleton is taking his show to a more traditional venue, the State Theatre. Music originating from the Caribbean islands gets pigeonholed as easy-breezy, but that isn't what you'll get from the 46-year-old born Clifton Bailey III. Songs like All My Life might creep at a slower BPM and tread lighthearted themes, but Capleton's very Rastafarian repertoire really shines when he's painfully pleading to Selassie and losing control over murky beats on cuts like Never Want Them Youth To Die and Who Dem.

La Dispute

With Pianos Become the Teeth, Mansions

Details: Wednesday 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15-$18. (813) 248-9500.

Frontman Jordan Dreyer sounds like he's about to have a panic attack on Such Small Hands, from his band's 2008 breakthrough LP. La Dispute does borrow a lot from acts like Thursday, but their jumpy, angst-ridden brand of post-hardcore sets itself apart thanks to Dreyer's delivery, which alternates between spoken word, singing and brutal screaming. All of it is colored with uncomfortably pain-filled emotion and deeply poetic lyrics that tread heavily on topics like religion, love and death. Also on the bill are Baltimore-based Pianos Become the Teeth, who have a more melodic, less abrasive, but equally captivating sound to play foil to La Dispute's more brash offering.

Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.

   
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